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Before & After: Fresh Palette, Elegant Look, and TWO Nooks

i’m back from High Point Market in North Carolina and finallyyyy getting caught up on the many projects we’ve got going on over here…

…one of which is sharing this Mt. Juliet Before & After I promised you in my last post!

If you remember, all of the fixed lighting (not lamps) that you’ll see in these photos were generously donated by Hudson Valley Lighting… but the selections and creative freedom were all ours!

I want to thank Hudson Valley Lighting again for helping us thrill our clients with these selections. (You put up a great showing at High Point Market too!)

Alright, let’s see the transformation!


master bedroom makeover


Our clients wanted to update their master bedroom with some modern touches, a relaxing palette, and a designated lounging space…

After (Dillon Chandelier in Aged Brass, Hudson Valley Lighting)

Ta-da! Okay, I know you’ve already seen this space, but let’s soak up the full design for a moment.

New dark furniture offsets the light palette and flowy curtains. Paisley print adds texture and interest to our focal point: the bed. This sleek upholstered headboard is a dream. Plus, the two-toned ceiling visually raises the height of the room. (I never say no to more space!)

The window-side table and chairs also create the perfect nook for enjoying the morning paper and a cup o’ joe. 🙂


master bathroom gets refreshingly stylish


The master bathroom wasn’t too worse for the wear, but our clients had grown tired of the wall color and harsh yellow vanity lighting.


Updated! The bathroom’s palette now matches the master bedroom with cool refreshing tones and dark furniture. The vanity lighting is elegant but innovative. Meanwhile, the brushed silver of the mirror frame adds some good ol’ fashioned drama!

P.s. Won’t you take a look at that gorgeous floor?


spare bedroom is calm but lively



This bedroom was occupied by the couple’s daughter before she left the nest. Now that she’s out on her own, they wanted to freshen up the space, keep it cohesive with the rest of the house, but still keep some of the blue touches she loved.


Dreamy. 🙂

The curtains are light, colorful, and playful, and I just love how the white trim beautifies those natural cream walls! We added more touches of gold to this room to play up the warmth in the cream. The flush mount sconce is the perfect pop of glam.


living room gets new character with a built-in



Our clients wanted to bring more light into their living room and update the space in general.


We kept the area rug and took some of the colors from it to inspire the rest of our palette. Isn’t it amazing how the furniture, walls, and flooring around the rug completely change how it looks in the Before and After photos?

We also decided to paint the fireplace surround completely white and used some beautiful millwork to create this custom built-in. (We love millwork!)

Here’s another view:


The space is fresh, lively, and ready to be enjoyed!


opening & reviving a traditional kitchen



I love me a kitchen reno! See that tiny little speck of blue beyond the kitchen? That’s the dining room. Instead of being closed off, our clients wanted more of an open-concept feel.

Originally, this meant they would lose some cabinet space, but we decided to remodel the new cabinets to go to the ceiling instead. A worthy solution!


And… the wall’s gone! (If only it was that easy.) You can see that we removed the entire wall, added some counter space, and swapped out the tile floors for dark hardwood.

You may also have noticed a HUGE palette shift from the warm red-orange pairing to crisp white cabinets and grey subway tile. Feels more spacious and breathable, right?


dining room upgrade



These blue walls weren’t too bad, but our clients wanted something more elegant and timeless for day-to-day meals and entertaining.

After (Berwick Chandelier in Aged Brass, Hudson Valley Lighting)

In this space we opted for “greige” paint. Notice how the shade of grey in this space is just a little different from the others? We wouldn’t want all of our greys to be identical or there wouldn’t be any space separation. (For our guide to picking whites/greiges, read here.)

Finally, the crown of the space is this modern traditional chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting. Creative, clever, stunning.


a kitchen nook comes to life



As with most kitchen tables, this one got a bit more use than the formal dining room. Since we opened up the existing dining room to become part of the kitchen, this space didn’t need to stay! Instead…

Patterson Flush Mount in Aged Brass, Hudson Valley Lighting

It became a nook! (Who doesn’t want a nook??) The window and view were too lovely to go to waste, so we used a side table, comfy chair, and flush mount lighting to create a nook experience.

Now, all our clients need for the perfect afternoon is a cup of tea, a nice book, and a lapful of Slugger.

Any questions about the process of this home renovation? Ask away!

Coming up next, I’ll have some great tales and finds for you from High Point Market! I’m still gathering my MANY thoughts from the event, so stay with me and I’ll get those to you real soon.

Happy fall, y’all!


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By |2019-11-01T09:59:18-05:00October 22nd, 2018|design|


  1. Kim October 23, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Great job, Elizabeth! What a beautiful transformation!!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs October 23, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

      thnaks so much Kim!
      I absolutely LOVED working with this family, and being able to give them the incredible lighting from Hudson Valley was so special to me!
      I appreciate you reading and commenting!!

  2. Kate Ballard October 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    These rooms are gorgeous, Elizabeth! Love them!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs October 27, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Thank you SO much Kate!! I appreciate you reading and commenting!
      There is nothing like some fresh color to update a space, right??

  3. Freda McCaslin October 26, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Makes me want to change everything again but just did a couple years ago! You do a great job at decorating!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs October 27, 2018 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Freda, thank you so much for your kind words!
      and I also appreciate your support and always reading and commenting!
      I totally understand- none of us can completely redecorate every time a new colorway or trend comes out…that’s why I’m such a fan of classic elements and purchasing what YOU like.
      thanks again Freda!

  4. Leslie October 27, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I loved seeing all of these before and after images, Elizabeth! Your clients are lucky to have someone as talented (and nice!) as you working with them.

    And you are right…the way that rug looks in the after is just incredible! It just goes to show that you don’t have to throw out…you just have to rethink!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs October 27, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

      oh Leslie you are SO right!! and the “re-thinking” part is what always gets my juices flowing!!

  5. CK October 27, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Knocked it outta the park! You use color very well. It’s perfectly coordinated!

  6. Sheri Bruneau October 27, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    What an amazing job! Your clients must be so happy. Loved all the lighting choices too!

  7. Janet Lorusso October 27, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Wow! What an incredible transformation! I love seeing the before pictures – so fun to see what a difference the changes made!

  8. Kristie Barnett October 27, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    What a beautiful transformation! The millwork, the paint colors, the curtains, the decor, the LIGHTING – all fabulous. What a wonderful job – I’m sure your client is beyond thrilled!

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